31 Mar '11, 8am

Vietnam steps up repression of Christian group

Vietnam steps up repression of Christian group

The Montagnards are pressing for religious freedom and land rights prompting the government crackdown, according to a report by the US-based HRW. -- PHOTO: AFP HANOI - VIETNAM has stepped up its repression of an indigenous Christian minority, forcing hundreds to renounce their religion, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The watchdog called on the United States to put Vietnam back on a blacklist of nations violating religious freedom, after documenting forced renunciations and other abuses of the Montagnard people in Vietnam's Central Highlands. The Montagnards are pressing for religious freedom and land rights prompting the government crackdown, according to a report by the US-based HRW. 'In recent months, the Vietnamese government has increased its harassment of peaceful ethnic minority Christians in the Central Highlands, targeting members of unregistered house ...

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